…biting and chewing food, talking, giving your face its structure. Period! Tooth enamel seems like a hard surface, but it’s not made to withstand excess pressure or habits that erode it. At the Center for Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry in Chesapeake, we hear quite a few stories of why people have chipped or broken teeth!
Do any of these actions sound familiar to you?
● Crunching and sipping
Now that may sound like what teeth are made for, but we’re talking about crunching things like ice cubes, or even popcorn kernels. Bite down on them the wrong way, and you could end up with a cracked tooth.
Sipping? Yes! Soda (even diet), tea, and other acidic beverages can eventually erode your teeth, especially if you habitually consume them.
● Using teeth as tools
Teeth aren’t nutcrackers or bottle openers! Or any other tool!
● Tooth grinding
If you grind your teeth, even in your sleep, you can wear them down without even noticing! You may need a night guard or other appliance to help stop grinding, and if your teeth are worn down, you may need futher dental treatment to rebuild your bite.
● Hard-bristled toothbrush
A toothbrush with hard bristles might seem like a good idea, but it’s better to use a soft- or medium-bristled brush, and brush regularly and longer!
● Not brushing or flossing enough
Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and before bedtime. If you can’t brush during the day, try to drink plain water so you can at least “rinse” out any food particles or acidic drinks.
If you have any of these habits, it’s never too late to change! If you have any tooth or gum pain for any reason, please call our dental office in Chesapeake at 866.861.7962.